Alleged fans shooting, stabbing or physicially beating their competition?
Yesterday in a Santa Clara County Court, Joshua Pena of Florida received an eight months jail sentence to the county’s boys ranch. His offense, he kicked his victorious opponent in the face 20 minutes after the match was over at the San Jose Convention Center during a taekwondo competition according to a story filed August 26th by San Jose Mercury News Reporter Sean Webby.
Pena’s opponent, who is described only as Dino M., had defeated Pena earlier in a spirited match,and was sitting down watching other matches when Pena came up, gave a martial arts yell, and delivered a roundhouse kick to Dino’s mouth which shattered his teeth and smashed his jaw. Pena holds a black belt in his discipline.
Tempers and blood easily runs hot during any type of competitive situation and there are reams of documentation of players, parents or fans “losing it” by acting out on these primitive urges. The following is a small sample of such:http://www.naso.org/sportsmanship/badsports.html
Palm Springs, CA: Frank Soto, a soccer official, was stabbed by four angry fans at a Big League Dream Sports Complex.
Long Beach, CA: Referee Kevin Robinson was slugged by a fan, Dontravian Evans, who was upset by a call in a 2-0 basketball game causing permanent damage to Robinson’s eye.
Palm Springs (again): Kenneth Williams attacked and knocked an umpire unconscious in a disputed call in a youth basketball game for 9-10 year olds
New Jersey: Referee James Clay was slugged in the head and neck after ejecting a Clayton High School soccer player for cursing and then taunting.
Pennsylvania: Peter Kukovich slammed a referee to the ground causing a concussion after the ref ordered the man’s wife out of the gym for yelling obscenities during a basketball game.
Kentucky: during a T-ball game of 5-6 year olds, Robert Bacher began physically accosting the umpire and during the scuffle inflicted minor injury on a little girl who was caught up in the melee.
There are hundreds of cases of players, parents or fans getting carried away and expressing their passions through violence or other unacceptable behaviors.
Pena, who is only 16, was a model martial arts student with straight As in high school. All Pena offered was his sincere remorse and that something inside him snapped that caused him to do the unprovoked attack on Dino.
Youth tend to act impulsively and immediately by their passions, and the frustration of losing a tight competition probably simmered with Pena. It is easy for the moment to get the best of young teens.
However Pena will be serving his sentence out for probably less than eight months with good behavior and will return to his life in Florida. Dino, who easily could have been killed as doctors noted, will still be recovering from a decimated jaw and may also lose all of his shattered teeth.
As an ongoing punishment, Pena will stop practicing the martial arts for a year and may be banned from taekwondo competition, an appropriate sanction that prides itself in maintaining strict discipline, something Pena lost during his moment of anger and frustration.
“I shall be a champion of justice and freedom” and “I shall build a better and peaceful world” are two final phrases of the student taekwondo oath; something Pena dreadfully violated. Pena’s kick to Dino’s jaw did nothing to advance justice or peace.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TaeKwonDo